sanitize definition by Webster's New World
- sanitizer noun
sanitize definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb san·i·tized, san·i·tiz·ing, san·i·tiz·es
- To make sanitary, as by cleaning or disinfecting.
- To make more acceptable by removing unpleasant or offensive features from: sanitized the language in adapting the novel for television.
- sanˌi·ti·zaˈtion noun
sanitize - Computer Definition
Means to erase a storage device, such as a computer hard drive, so thoroughly that no residual data can be collected from the device. Old computer disks should be sanitized—and not only superficially erased—before they are thrown away in order to avoid the possibility that a cracker can obtain any valuable information from scavenging through an organization’s garbage (electronic dumpster diving).
See Also: Remanence; Residue.
To remove sensitive data from an information system, a database or an extract from a database. See sensitive.